Does your house look like you're losing a game of Jumanji? Are you tripping over random items and have little to no space in your storage drawers? Have the kids' toys, clothes and other belongings taken over the house? Welcome to the club! You're certainly not alone.
Thankfully, there are plenty of smart and useful ways to clear the clutter in your home, and you can even make a few bucks while you're at it. Let's take a look.
How to Clear Your Clutter (And Earn a Little Money On The Side)
Identifying The Clutter
The first thing to do is to actually identify the clutter that you have in your home. While the majority of your clutter is probably not worth a whole lot, there are some items in which you should be mindful about discarding. We’re going to list a few of the most common reasons why you'll want to be careful:
Once you’ve identified your clutter, you can start thinking about what you'll do with it.
Choose To Donate
There are three main options when it comes to eliminating your clutter: donating, selling and trashing. Donating won't make you any money, but it is a tax write-off. It's also a great way to reuse and recycle while doing something good for others.
Start the decluttering process by separating your stuff. Create four piles: Keep, Donate, Trash and Sell. Your donate pile should be filled with clothes and other reusable items that are in decent shape but probably aren't worth reselling. This could also include shoes that are little too worn and older electronics that have lost their appeal. Other household items including knick knacks, kitchenwares, books, tapes and CDs can also be donated. Even furniture can be donated to charity: the Salvation Army and the United War Veterans pick up for free.
Choose To Sell
If you prefer to sell your stuff, be sure your items are in good condition before you advertise them. Make sure clothing is washed. Give furniture a good dusting and run a rag dampened with a mild cleanser along other household goods. Test to confirm that electronic items or items with moving parts are in good working condition.
You’ll also need to pick the right place to sell your stuff, so here are a few ideas for you to consider:
Other sites we love are Poshmark (for clothing, shoes, bags and accessories); Ebay, the OG auction site for buying and selling; Etsy, for handmade and vintage items and Glambot for new and gently used makeup and skincare.
Regardless of the option or options you choose, be sure to do a little online research first. Check reviews and browse websites before heading out to do business.
Private Ways To Sell Your Stuff
Another option is to sell your goods to privately through sites like Craigslist, Kajiji and Facebook Marketplace. Make sure you take plenty of pictures of your items in good lighting, and be as descriptive as you can. When it comes to proving authenticity for one of a kind or designer pieces you might be selling, try to have the certificate of authenticity, proof of purchase or original receipt.
While plenty of folks have luck selling this way, we have to warn you: scams run rampant on these sites. Be wary of buyers who can't or won't meet you in person, or who have an "agent" working on their behalf; if someone is willing to pay you more than you're asking, you can bet it's a scam; if the person you're dealing with doesn't live in the immediate area and if the words "Western Union" or "Money Gram" come into the conversation--pass. These are NOT legit buyers, and you should avoid them entirely.
As you can see, clearing out your clutter is a fantastic way to create more space at home while making money on the side! For even more info on giving your home a good decluttering, check out this post from Elegant Simplicity called "Guiding You To A Clutter-Free Home in 2020". It's an amazing, in-depth resource for helping you create a clutter-free home.